I’ve seen many news articles lately about the accumulation of plastic waste in our world. I despaired to learn that it never “goes away” or biodegrades, instead accumulating on land, in the ocean, inside birds, sea life and other animals, causing early deaths.
We had special guests this month. The enthusiastic and totally awesome Cub Scouts Pack 425 joined us to build fantastic mulch “doughnuts” around native plants. It was a lot of fun working with them. They have great teamwork skills and ask fantastic questions, including “What is mulch made out of?” and “Is this an invasive species?”
The Snoqualmie Valley Regional Trail was once owned and operated as a rail line by the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul, and Pacific Railroad, often called the “Milwaukee Road,” until it was acquired by King County in the 1980s. It has been designated as a National Recreation Trail and is part of a national project to convert unused railroad tracks into trails spawned by the “Rails to Trails” movement.
The birds have been arriving in Washington after their spring migrations, singing and ready to nest. They’re ready for Birdathon, are you? Join us to help the birds.
A number of cities around the world have made climate action plans but have struggled to make significant impact on their emissions. People for Climate Action, along with other environmental groups, has organized a presentation on May 11 by climate planner Susan Anderson. Join us!
Part of what I love about volunteering at Marymoor Park every month is getting to see the changes through the seasons. It’s beautiful right now because some of those plants like the Indian plum (or osoberry), Oregon grape, and flowering currant, are blooming. And many birds have also started to nest.
Tyvek plastic is used for manufacturing mailing envelopes that are not recyclable in our area. If you receive an item in a Tyvek envelope, maybe some medicine or a book you've sent for, save the envelopes. When you’ve collected many, just seal the large envelope with tape or a few staples and address it to our nearest Tyvek Recycling Center.
Eastside Audubon’s board members provide diverse voices and wide-ranging experiences that guide us to protecting, preserving and enhancing our natural ecosystems and communities for the benefit of birds, other wildlife and people. Their leadership is essential as we look to the future and the increasing threat of climate change. Please welcome our new partners in environmental protection!
The year is off to a good start and I hope the same is true for you. On January 13, the EAS board participated in a day-long retreat to talk about roles, goals and priorities. It was a good opportunity to discuss the areas in the chapter that need attention, both from the board’s point of view and the executive director’s.